Review: Immersed – Katie Hayoz

Posted 14 August, 2015 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 16 Comments

*I received a free copy of Immersed from via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Review: Immersed – Katie HayozImmersed by Katie Hayoz
on 18 August 2015
Genres: Historical, Steampunk
Pages: 112
Format: eARC
Source: Author
4 Stars

What if love turned you into a monster?

Forget petticoats and demure female behavior. Melusine Doré prefers armored corsets and knives and slays evil creatures for a living. The grim and gruesome don’t frighten her; she’ll take on a cyclops or a dragon and not even break a sweat. But when her rival, the charismatic Levi Cannon, comes to town, all her buried fears begin to surface. Melusine realizes she is in danger of something much more horrifying than facing blood-thirsty beasts – she’s in danger of falling in love. Because love alone has the power to reveal a secret terrible enough to completely shatter her world.

Set in the muddy streets of 1850s steampunk Chicago, Immersed by Katie Hayoz is a dark yet romantic fantastical romp. It is a stand-alone novella, but the first in a series of adventures that follow Melusine on her quest to rid the world of monsters…and her struggle to come to terms with every monstrous facet of herself.

Immersed is a tightly written steam-punk novella with intriguing and compelling characters, as well as mysterious mythology where all I want is to know more!

My Immersed review:

Both Melusine and Levi are strong characters, who have known of each other for years, being competitors when it comes to killing monsters for quite a while. Immersed is set in Chicago, during the time when buildings were made higher in order to make them stay overground. There are wonderful steel-creatures as well as horrible monsters, and Melusine is far from what could be called a lady at the time. Dressed in leather corsets, and always wearing weapons, she is attuned to the monsters around her in an uncanny way. And just because Levi Cannon is a man doesn’t mean he can do the job better than her – even if the newspapers seem to think a woman shouldn’t be fighting monsters at night.

Even if she IS fighting monsters, Melusine has suitors, especially one, a very wealthy man who owns both metallic servants and several ships that navigate on Lake Michigan. Melusine will not accept his proposals, though, and Immersed quickly showed me that this isn’t only because she wants to keep killing monsters, there is a secret she is keeping, and Sir Edwin Aldridge may just be the one to bring it all out in the open.

I really enjoyed this darker and different side of Chicago! The steampunk feel was very well done, and especially the sea-monster Levi and Melusine needed to kill was both scary and strangely familiar. Immersed is a short-story in the upcoming Falling in Deep Collection, but it is also only the beginning of Levi’s and Melusine’s adventures – even if their adventures might not be fought together. If you enjoy steampunk and historical fiction, Immersed has the perfect blend of both, with a strong female protagonist who knows how to fight. Her sharp with and sarcastic tongue immediately endeared Melusine to me, and I can’t wait to read Submerged when it is released.

Written in third person point of view, past tense and mostly from Melusine’s perspective, Immersed also has plenty of really good dialogues, in which Melusine’s wit and sharpness shines through.

Some of my favorite Immersed quotes:

“Where you off to, Miss Mel?  I don’t want you bringing any beastly body parts back here, you hear me?”
Melusine sidled past her, stifling a grin. “It was just the once. Every part of a Silver Spined Dragon is useful; I couldn’t allow the corpse to go to waste.” The dragon meat was roasted, the claws carved into weapons, the scales ground up and sold and the vertebras made into bullets. The wings paid for one month’s rent and a bag of butterscotch candy. If Melusine had another beast like that to bring back, she wouldn’t hesitate!

Dread crept quietly across Melusine’s stomach. She shifted in her chair and focused on the cigar, trying to calm her beating heart.

Outside, she waited to cross the street as an entire house on rollers was being pulled down the road by live and metal horses. Rather than stay put and have their homes raised out of the muck, many wealthy people had decided to move the buildings themselves to a new (and more stable) location in the city.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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16 responses to “Review: Immersed – Katie Hayoz

  1. Oh man, this sounds like so much fun. Steampunk and monsters. I have to read this one. Since it’s only 112 pages, I wonder if it’s not too rushed though. It feels like so much is going on, with Levi and Melusine and the monsters and the secrets for 100 pages. Did it feel rushed, or is the pacing good?

    • It actually didn’t feel rushed at all, Majanka, it was really well done – and as I said, the writing was tight, so it was pretty much perfect for a short-story / novella. And it definitely made me excited to know there will be more in Submerged 🙂

  2. I’ve also read one book of that is part of the Falling in Deep Collection and am planning to check out more. I was hopign they might release them as a box set.
    This one sounds very inetresting with the historical steampunk feel. It sounds like a very original story and Melusine sounds like a great characters! Great Review!

    btw I noticed you listed this as part of the new release challenge, but in the rules it says books have to be 130 pages or longer, which is why I haven’t counted any of the novella’s I read. So now I am bit confused.

    • You’re right, Lola, I had forgotten one of my own rules 🙂 It does have to be 130 pages or more! I’ll change that right now 🙂 I think these are supposed to be released in a box set, which would be great! Melusine is a wonderful heroine, and Ms. Hayoz is writing a full novel (I think) about her next.

    • It was really well done, Kim, and I loved that even in a novella, the author managed to make the action just right, as well as the character development making sense to me. I’m really looking forward to reading more in this universe!

  3. This sounds really good, Lexxie…especially Melusine’s sharp tongue. 😉 As you know, I’ve yet to dip my toe into steampunk. I keep threatening to though and Immersed seems like it might be a great introduction. I’m glad you enjoyed another Hayoz story! *BIG HUGS*

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